Fire and Fall Back

by Richie Kaye

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AFTER A MOMENT Why won’t the birds sing anymore Or have they all just flown away Why won’t the grass grow green Or is it that my eyes can’t see No more, no more The land was rich after the river overflowed And then the water all but pulled away The harvest filled the granary high And then it all just seemed to die No way, I said, no way If it’s really my time to go I won’t stand in the way It’s all been too much of a tawdry show Anyway, anyway, anyway The bells ring for someone, off afar Perhaps they’re ringing even now for me And as I stand ‘neath graying skies They remind me of the sound of all of my lies Yes, my lies The time has come to answer for my sins The sun goes down and twilight thus begins Alone and on this rocky shore How I wish I’d loved you all the more All the more If it’s really my time to go I won’t stand in the way It’s all been too much of a tawdry show Anyway, anyway, anyway © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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Dandelion 04:04
DANDELION Dandelion Bitter weed Silly pretty flower Your roots are deep So deep Dandelion Evil seed Basking in my bower I shall root you out before I sleep Before I sleep The sun will soon foresake this plot of cultivated land The moon will rise and soon devise her antiquated plan Anew for every man [INTERLUDE] Dandelion Awful need Killing by my bedside Your just another mouth to feed To feed Dandelion Hateful creed Bane of childlike mankind Worthy sacrifice is this brave deed Brave deed The sun will soon foresake this plot of cultivated land The moon will rise and soon devise her antiquated plan Anew for every man © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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FREE TO BE FREE Free I want to be free Free to be Free to be me See I want to foresee Essentially How did He? The Fate designs above us Laughing as she spins A'dance, she whirls With her girly curls Across the universe La la la... Beam I want to beam Light full of dream I mean, gleam Glow I want to glow Mabushii no Just so The town upon a hillside Candles the evening sky Unconcealed she now reveals Her unseen opal eyes © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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Creditor 03:48
CREDITOR My wife's my creditor And all this time, I've never known And I'm her debitor So sour the fruit which we've grown Or so I'm told Cries... Lies... Am I not much better? And all this time, I've never known Can I forget her Her words of bramble and stone? A hard row to hoe Cries... Sighs... [INTERLUDE] My knife will settle her And all this time, I've never known Do I have the mettle Forebearing a severance of our home? This much I woe Cries... Why...? © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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GREMLINS AND GOD Young guy: He's an aging rock and roller Got a paunchy bod The crowd used to get high on dope Now the crowd gets high on God Now the crowd gets high on God He croons his love for Jesus and the crowd gets high on God He used to be hot-blooded Like Jim Morrison in leather pants But the lizard king died young enough to live And this guy's dying on stage, you dig? He's dying up on stage, you dig? I'm laughing it up, just watching him prance Hell, I see his underpants He's just a hunched-up, white-haired, buck-tooth, clad in black, spectacled, impotent old fool Drivin' his Gremlin to gigs Packing his bags with all of his wigs [INTERLUDE] Young guy a few decades later: He's an aging rock and roller Praise His name that he shook smack He turned his life around and says He's never ever goin' back He swears he's never goin' back He croons his love for Jesus And the crowd has a heart attack He used to be hot-blodded You-know-what with gals and guys But now he's a faithful celibate And swears to never tell no lies I swear he's never told me no lies He croons his love for Jesus And the crowd has a heart attack I'm laughing it up, just watching him prance He's got the crowd in a trance He's just simple man, old school, empty wallet, sleeps well, shirt-off-his-back, salt-of-the-earth Joe. Takes his Mama to lunch sometimes Congregation love him so. [REPRISE] He's just a hunched-up, white-haired, buck-tooth, clad in black, spectacled, salt-of-the-earth Joe. Takes his Mama to lunch sometimes Congregation love him so. © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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Done For 03:11
DONE FOR It doesn't work that well no more It doesn't ring a bell like before It doesn't swell me more and more and more Man, am I done for I think I'm out of breath for sure I think my eyes have lengthened but my desire's impure I think I'm vainly striving for a manly allure Man, am I done for For crystal shines like glass now And prime rib tastes like puppy chow A lion's roar's but a cat's meow What a drag Like an actor lost in lines Like a singer mute in mime Like a dancer at a blind stage door Man, am I done for So, I'll take a case of wine to bed 'Cause of all the blows about my head I've taken heart, but man, I'm sore and more Man, am I done for © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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INNER SPACEMEN The sound of outer space No... The rain above the clouds No... The light beneath the earth No... The touch of my mother's hand No... I can imagine Can't I imagine? Am I imagined? Well, am I? La la la... The sound of inner space Woah... The rain of cloudless climes Woah... The light unseen that shines Woah... I see it I see it I see it I can imagine Can't I imagine? Am I imagined? Well, am I? Am I? I am © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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ONCE I OPENED A BUNDLE Once I opened a bundle When nobody happened To be looking Hands a-twitch with desire Searching for Moses In the rushes Who are you To look upon My Face You with eyes that cannot see? Never hid Yet hiding in plain It's you who must discover Me [INTERLUDE] There but for the grace of might Ares Warrior of most awful Celebrations Hand-to-hand Ministrations Battle, but imagined Comfort me Who are you To look upon My Face You with eyes that cannot see? © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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THE BONES OF LIEUTENANT JONES He said: And so, we're lying here in bed Finally together, again I'm sorry My temper You bled I guess I'm just not the man You knew Back when Baby, Wipe the sand from my eyes I've no tears left to cry For the desert wind Has left them dry Dry as a bone As white, as the lie... Oh.... The bones, the bones of Lieutenant Jones [Spoken] Somewhere, his bones... She said: You are alive in a bitter sea Firey engulfing thee Unceasing remembered agony The battle yet rages inside thee I'll hold you and rock you to sleep And pray you God to keep The waves of my tears shall wash over thee The two of us will set you free Oh.... The bones, the bones of Lieutenant Jones [Spoken] Somewhere, his bones... © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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Seed 03:52 video
SEED I am a seed upon the ocean A plaything of the wave Unrowingly Oarlessly Aimlessly Awaiting The Mating With the shore I desperately crave I am a breeze of graceful motion This spirit of the ballet wave Undressing you Caressing you Confessing to The glory of embrace By a King without a face Time and tide and over again The fountain overflows But, to our eyes: A causeless sea Running Endlessly Where from? Who knows? Don't YOU? I am a creed of flame devotion Incinerating ashes of the day Unwittingly Unremittingly Side-splittingly And collusion with illusion Made to vanish into the haze © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved
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YOU, YOU WITH YOUR HEAD You You with your head under your bed searching for matchsticks Down Down in the dust Blind in the dark Skin soaked in gasoline Just so you can light a fire I know the cost is truly dear Dear Long burning reflection Then a spark of creation Unfolds incandescently I I am a man I am a god Sculpted in marble Cold Cold to the touch Yet perfectly Ideal of the Artist Abstracted breath of Life I know the thought is truly dear Dear For we wander in darkness But a flash from the Heavens Guides us ascendingly Even the moon In captive orbit fleeing Ever faithfully shines with the sun's light In darkest night You You with your head Up in the skies Feet on the planet Sing Sing to the dead Under the grass Risen as zombies Sleep-walking half-aware I know what's wrought is truly dear Dear When the spark light has spoken May the spell then be broken And in a ksana, they see Even the moon In captive orbit fleeing Ever faithfully shines with the sun's light In darkest night His light © 2009 Richard Kuslan All Rights Reserved

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RE-MASTERED!

This is a re-release of an album I recorded in 2009 and 2010. In this release, I've included only those tracks I still like.

It's like prog-rock, but it's all acoustic. It's like folk, but it's eclectic. It's difficult, but satisfying once you get it. At least, I hope listening to it will benefit your life in some small way.

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released February 18, 2020

Voice and guitar: Richie Kaye

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Richie Kaye Houston, Texas

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Richie Kaye is a musical performer who has worked on television, on the live stage, in theaters, museums and clubs and in the subway. Now based in Houston, Texas, he's performed in the U.S. and Asia.

Prior recorded work includes Whinin' and Complainin': Classic Nashville Out-of-Love Songs, The Last Whoop-dee-doo, Richie Kaye's Music & Mirth and Fire and Fall Back
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